Brownfield Land Register

In April 2017 the Government introduced a requirement on Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to publish a Brownfield Land Register (BLR) by 31 December 2017. A BLR is a list of previously developed sites that are potentially suitable for residential development.

The BLR is to be kept in 2 parts:

  • Part 1 will be for sites categorised as previously developed land which are suitable, available and achievable for residential development
  • Part 2 allows LPAs to select sites from Part 1 and grant permission in principle (PiP) for housing led development. PiP will establish the fundamental principles of development in terms of the use, location and amount of development. However, planning permission is not granted until Technical Details Consent is applied for and approve

The BLR will be maintained and reviewed at least once a year to ensure it is kept up to date.

What is Brownfield Land?

Brownfield land refers to land which is or has been occupied by a permanent structure. There are certain exclusions including buildings in agricultural or forestry use and land in built up areas such as private residential gardens. 

The Government’s definition of previously developed land is set out in the glossary at Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). For a site to be considered as previously developed land it must meet this definition.

Brownfield Land Call for Sites Exercise

In accordance with the Brownfield Land Register Regulations 2017, the Council is now in the process of identifying sites to inform Part 1 of the BLR.

In addition to utilising existing sources of information available, including the most recent Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), a targeted Brownfield Call for Sites exercise is being undertaken. 

This will enable the Council to gain a full and comprehensive understanding of the extent of previously developed land in the Borough. It will also help to inform the Local Plan Review.

Landowners, stakeholders and local residents are invited to submit sites which meet the NPPF definition of previously developed land that they consider have the potential to be used for housing led development.

The sites should ideally be 0.25ha or larger, or capable of providing at least 5 dwellings. All sites should be submitted using the Brownfield land site proposal form.

The Brownfield Land Call for Sites exercise will commence on 3 July 2017 and will run for 4 weeks to 31 July 2017.

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